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The Black-capped Sub-species

The Black-capped Sub-species
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Copyright: Ivan Kruys (Argus) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-05-14
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon 50D, Canon EF 300 f4L + Canon 1.4 converter
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): CeltickRanger's favorite Bird photos -7- [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2010-06-15 3:22
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Points: 46
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Anatolian Jay (Garrulus glandarius anatoliae)
(Thank you Steve, (Cuckooroller) for correcting the name of this subspecies!)
Swedish name: Turkisk nötskrika.

The proximity of Lesvos to the Turkish mainland leads to many anatolian species of flora and fauna being found on the island, including this sub-species of Eurasian Jay.

The black cap distinguishes this subspecies from the nominate European race that has the top of the head streaked. This species is found in the whole of Europe, the N countries of the Middle East and most of northern Asia and is found as four subspecies that differ in the colouring of the head-cap.

It inhabits wooded areas where it feeds on insects, small reptiles, nuts and acorns.

This Anatolian race occurs on several of the Greek islands near the Anatolian mainland and it is quite common in Lesvos. This was taken in the pine forest below the castle at Molivos

This image was taken with the camera hand-held at a distance of about 10 meters (33 ft). It was taken in the shade of the pine woods. After moderate cropping and size reduction the image was selectively sharpened and reduced for shading.

Another view is posted in the WORKSHOP.

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merhaba Ivan dostum,
nice to see Turkisk nötskrika from your camera. This is my favourite Corvid species. As you mentioned, it is divided into many subspecies. I have seen several ones. All of them very beautiful.
you greatly captured this handsome Jay on tree trunk, with nice POV/DOF and focus. composition also nice. thanks for sharing.
eline sağlık. iyi günler dostum.

Cool you made it.
I've only seen the backside of this bird on lesvos as it flew away ;) The same as with the chukar partridge. Clearly visible distinctive difference with our regular Jay

well done


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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-06-15 3:53]

Hello Ivan.
beautiful anatolian Jay shot.The composition is very good ,with lovely well saturated colours.Excellent POV and DOF,the details are crisp and defined.TFS Best reghards Siggi

Hello Ivan.
Today we are neighbours. :)
Beautiful picture of Antolian jay. Excellent composition, pose, POV and DOF. Sharp image with good details in plumage. Nice clean neutral coloured background too.
I also liked the different perspective that u have presented us in the WS.
Thanks for the share,

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-06-15 4:02]

Hello Ivan,
Very beautiful photo of this Anatolian Jay. Great pose against the tree with a very beautiful OOF BG. Excellent sharpness, details, POV, DOF and a nice eye-contact.

What a fine picture of this Jay holding on to the slim trunk of a pine tree, Ivan.
The angle of exposure reveals the best possible perspective on the bird's plumage.
Once again, I'm deeply impressed with your ability to take such sharp images hand-held.
Best regards.

Ciao Ivan. I like the paying of light and bright colours. Indeed an interesting compo. Very good work.


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2010-06-15 5:59]

I liked the composition, fine diagonal position of the bird and impressive colors. tfs.

Ciao Ivan, great capture of lovely bird against a beautiful blurry BG, splendid natural colors, excellent sharpness and fine details, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Ivan. Very brillant and clear capture of this colourful jay. Details, composition and your POV are great.
Kind regards,

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-06-15 10:23]

Very interesting garrulus subspecies, TFS!

Hi Ivan,
Just a slight correction. This is race anatoliae. It is one of the five resemblant races considered to make up the so-called atricapillus group. So, Garrulus glandarius anatoliae.

Hej Dostum Ivan,

Impressive capture of this beautiful and very clever bird, showing its excellence in a fine composition from an effective POV. The details are literally impeccable against a plain background. Truly incredible shooting MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


Hallo Ivan,
a very beautiful and interesting capture of the Anatolian Jay, very good sharpness and superb lighting, splendid natural colours, excellent POV and composition, very beautiful WS too.
Best regards
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Ivan,

Great capture of this beautiful bird.
Nice colours with fantastic details.
Good composition.

Hello Ivan, great shot of a jay in a lovely pose with excellent details and nice composition.


hello Ivan

excellent photo of the Anatolian Jay, shot with fine POV
and the way it is framed, superbly focused with excellent
sharpness and details, beautiful light coming on the bird,
i love much more the frontal POV of the one in the WS, TFS


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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-06-16 2:11]

Bonjour Ivan,
Un geai très spécial avec son petit bonnet noir! Cela lui donne encore plus de caractère. Jolie présentation avec le tronc de l'arbre légèrement penché, ce qui met l'oiseau dans la bonne position pour l'image. Couleurs fines et naturelles.

Hello Ivan,
Nice shot of this Anatolian Jay. I like the pose of the bird, composition, blurred BG, excellent POV, fine details and natural colors.

Hello Ivan
great capture, this Anatolian Jay is very well take, nice pose and superb sharpness, very beautiful light and colors, blurred BG is nice too
I like also theWs and the frontal view
Have a good night

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-06-17 3:19]

Hi Ivan.
I have met this species few times only and even managed to get few bad shots :).
You are luckier. Pictured subject is fine. Inclined trunk and beautiful bird on it against nicely smoothed BG are looked perfectly. Sunlight is also attractive as well as natured pleasant colours of the picture at whole and bird particularly. My kind wishes and compliments. Also thanks for warm meeting. TN is needed for me but I am too busy on work at list this year.
Yours Alexei.

Uno de los aspectos que más valoro de tus tomas, es el realismo de lo que muestras y lo poco (creo) que manipulas electrónicamente, tema que yo valoro especialmente... contra más "pura" la fotografía mucho mejor, aunque puedan perderse algunos detalles.
Muy bien equilibrada y detalles muy interesantes como el ojo del ave.
Un abrazo Ivan: Josep Ignasi.

Hi Evan,

This is a lovely bird with great pose. Very nice colours and sharp details. Very nice spacing on the left side. Nice framing with the trunk on the right. Good use of night and good eye contact.

Very well done!


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